40 Years of Evolution


40 years on from the original 1978 street Festival turned protest, Mardi Gras continues to evolve as a platform for social justice, providing a voice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people across Australia and around the globe.

Join us as we salute four decadent decades of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, endurance, activism, satire, pride, family and fabulous creativity. 

Our 2018 theme is 40 YEARS of EVOLUTION, which will be woven across our entire season of events and will showcase how our lives, communities, culture and society have evolved over four decades of Mardi Gras. We’ll celebrate our defining moments, be inspired by personal stories and create amazing new memories.

The spotlight is on our communities and we’re ready to sparkle like never before. Is Mardi Gras 2018 a protest, or a celebration? It’s always both, and so much more.

Let’s show the world who we are and where we’ve come from. 40 years united against all odds, we stand proud, join hands, and march on toward a brilliant future together. 

Your story is our story, your evolution is our evolution. 

Happy 40th, Happy Mardi Gras!